FM condemns Indian response over KPL, calls upon ICC to take notice

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi - File photo

ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday while condemning Indian negative attitude over Kashmir Premier League (KPL) called upon the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take notice of Indian response.

Talking to media in the Parliament House, the foreign minister said that KPL like events promoted the normal activity and sports should not be politicized.

He said that people were eagerly waiting for the start of much exciting cricket event– Kashmir Premier League (KPL).

“The Kashmiri player whether belonged to Azad Kashmir or IIOJK, he should be encouraged to excel,” Qureshi said calling upon the Indian government to conduct the same event in IIOJK.

He further said that Indian response to the KPL was not endorsed as it was coercing the aspiring cricketers to quit with threats of refusal of grant of visas.

The foreign minister said that the KPL event must be streamed on Tv screens in Srinagar.